Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, June 23, 2022 - Volume 864
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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1) Top 5 Most Clicked Tidbits From Last Week
A.) Taking Notes Using The Voice Memo App for iPhone (9.1% of all clicks.)
B.) How to Get a List of Directions in Apple Maps (7.2% of all clicks.)
D.) How to Use Microsoft Word for Free (6.9% of all clicks.)
E.) Mechanical Engineering Students Design a Unique Electronic Travel Aid for the Visually Impaired (6.4% of all clicks.)
2) Top Tech Tidbits Welcomes Fable
Please join all of us here at Top Tech Tidbits in welcoming aboard Fable, who has generously agreed to support the distribution of the Top Tech Tidbits publication via sponsorship for the next year. Enterprises use Fable Engage to connect to people with disabilities for user research and accessibility testing. Fable Upskill provides custom training for digital teams to gain the skills to build inclusive products. Learn more about why leading organizations use Fable today at:
3) Top Tech Tidbits Welcomes Future Aids: The Braille Superstore
Please join all of us here at Top Tech Tidbits in welcoming aboard Future Aids: The Braille Superstore, who has generously agreed to support the distribution of the Top Tech Tidbits publication via sponsorship for the next year. Future Aids: The Braille Superstore has been supplying products to blind people and their families since 1999. They offer thousands of Braille books, toys, games, kitchen aids, and talking products. They offer unbeatable prices, fast, free shipping, and great customer service. Learn more today at:
4) Top Tech Tidbits Publisher Updates for June 23rd 2022
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7) JAWS with Microsoft Office Power Tip: How To Use The Paste Recovery Table And Why You Might Want To
8) Dolphin SuperNova Power Tip: Extracting Text From An Image Copied To The Clipboard
9) Reader Review: PenFriend 3 Voice Labeling System By Maxi Aids, Color Detector, Humanware Video Magnifier and Seeing AI
10) Putting Websites on the Home Screen on iPhone
11) Can You See Me: A New Windows Application to Assist in Determining Your Position in Your Computer's Camera
This app provides a much-needed service which is sadly missing from the Windows operating system. It requires no installation and no administrator permissions to run. Just run the app and keep pressing the enter key to receive information regarding your position in the computer's camera. It's incredibly useful to know if you're visually centered in your camera for Zoom, Teams, Skype or other video calls. You can read more about the app and download it here:
12) NV Access In-Process for June 16th 2022
13) From the June 2022 Braille Monitor: TalkBack and VoiceOver: There is a Choice After All
June 29th 2022 will mark the 15-year anniversary of the launch of the iPhone, which ushered in the age of the smartphone. Just over a year later, on September 23, 2008, HTC released the Dream, running on the Android operating system. Perhaps of greater significance to this magazine's readership, VoiceOver launched in 2009, making smartphones accessible to blind people. Not long after, the Android operating system also began supporting some rudimentary features to assist those with blindness or low vision. From those early days, however, Apple's accessibility provided a truly superior experience, but at a significant financial cost. Back then, iPhone models typically cost significantly more than hardware that runs Android. And honestly, that cost difference has changed little over the intervening years. With the sheer magnitude of tasks that can be performed on a smartphone today — banking, scheduling, communication, ride hailing, navigation, not to mention social engagement on a myriad of social media platforms — the need for equal access for blind people to this technology is paramount:
14) iOS 16 Will Let You Bypass Captchas On Some Apps And Websites
When iOS 16 comes out later this fall, you may notice that you don't have to deal with as many annoying CAPTCHAs asking you to slide a puzzle piece or distinguish between a hill and a mountain. That's because Apple's introducing a feature for its iPhones and Macs called Automatic Verification, which let some sites know that you're not a bot without you actually having to do anything:
15) Tactile Engineering Reveals New Technology To Help The Blind
A Lafayette engineering firm has revealed technology that they claim will revolutionize the way blind people learn, work, and play. Tactile Engineering has developed a graphical computer tablet. The tablet includes 3,000 tiny parts that can change and act as interactive braille so users can experience animation. CEO David Schleppenbach said that the focus of this technology is overcome an important challenge; making it available and affordable to as many people as possible:
16) So Long, Internet Explorer
As of June 15th 2022 Microsoft will no longer support the once-dominant browser that legions of web surfers loved to hate — and a few still claim to adore. The 27-year-old application now joins BlackBerry phones, dial-up modems and Palm Pilots in the dustbin of tech history:
17) The Ghost of Internet Explorer Will Haunt the Web for Years | Wired
Microsoft's legacy browser may be dead — but its remnants are not going anywhere, and neither are its lingering risks:
18) Enhancements in JAWS 2022.2206.9 | June 2022
A new JAWS update has been released by Freedom Scientific. Notification history, iTunes support, and Math Editor are among the enhancements:
19) How The Notification History Coexists With Our JAWS-Based Products
Brian Hartgen explains how the new notification functionality will coexist with Leasey, Zoom, and Teams scripts:
20) Enhancements in ZoomText 2022.2206.7 | June 2022
A new ZoomText update has been released as well. Additional UI languages, improved Acrobat DC support, and improved curser and focus enhancement support are among some of the changes:
21) Voice Dream Reader for Desktop
Continuing with software updates, there is also a new release for Voice Dream Reader for Desktop. The ability to export audio and text files are among the improvements:
22) Chameleon Version 2.0.0
And finally, there has also been an update to the Chameleon braille display. It now includes text-to-speech functionality:
23) Getting Started with Android: Android and TalkBack for the Beginning User (Android S, 12) | Mystic Access via National Braille Press | $26 - $28.50
Note: The DAISY edition of this book will be ready later in April 2022, but you can place an order for it now. If you are curious about the Android operating system and its built-in screen reader, TalkBack, this book is a comprehensive overview for beginners and novices alike. Kim and Chris Nova get down to the basics to help you decide whether Android is a good fit for you. Coverage includes: Android basics; choosing a device; security and customization; setting up and configuring your phone; navigational gestures; essential Android functions and screens; important apps for staying connected and organized; editing and manipulating text; Bluetooth, external keyboards, and keyboard commands; and much more:
24) Laptop Ports Explained: Every Symbol And Connector Identified
This handy guide will help you understand all of the laptop ports, past and present:
25) Introducing the Wayband ®
WearWorks is a haptic platform company that builds products and experiences that communicate information through touch. The WAYBAND ® is a haptic navigation app and optional smart band that gently navigates a person to a destination using vibrations, without the need for visual or audio feedback. For more information, send an email to:
26) NLS Launches Braille-on-Demand Pilot Project
As part of its braille modernization initiative, NLS launched the Braille-on-Demand pilot project on Monday, June 20, 2022. This project allows active NLS patrons to request and receive one hard-copy braille title per month, which they can retain for their personal use. If an individual who is not registered as a patron submits an order, NLS will refer the individual to their local network library to begin the process of becoming a patron:
27) Use Alexa to Talk with a Doctor
If you have an Amazon Echo, Echo Dot or Echo Show device, you can now summon medical care with a simple voice command. Echo users can say, "Alexa, I want to talk to a doctor" to be connected with the Teledoc call center, and then a Teledoc health provider will call back through the device. This fully remote service will be available 24/7 for non-emergency needs — like allergies or colds — and will initially be audio-only. For people with insurance, the out-of-pocket cost will vary depending on coverage.
28) Tiger Software Suite is Upgrading
If you own a PixBlaster embosser, you are probably already familiar with Tiger Software Suite (TSS) since your embosser came with a free license. If you're not familiar, know that TSS is a popular collection of apps for creating and editing both braille and tactile graphics. Now TSS is offering a paid upgrade from version 7 to 8 and bringing with it a whole lot of improvements! Please note the cost of the upgrade is not Federal Quota eligible and that the upgrade is entirely optional. If you choose not to update, you'll be able to continue using TSS 7 the same as you did before. Nothing will change about how you use your embosser; you just won't get the features listed below:
29) Talking Online Crossword Puzzles
If you're a crossword puzzle fan, and frustrated by the lack of accessibility, you may want to check out https://bgspeaking.com/word-speaking-vocal-crossword. Also available in the Apple App Store and Google Play as "Word Speaking Vocal Crossword", these crosswords speak to you! In the app, you get two free puzzles to try. The letters are large, with a tactile option, too. For more details, visit the blog at:
30) The 13 Top New Features in Android 13 — and How to Install It
Here's what's coming in the latest version of Google's mobile operating system, which arrives later this year:
31) Accessible Medication Labels
WayTag Audio Labels can now be added to prescriptions, vitamins, and supplements filled through Accessible Pharmacy. Labels will include the medication name, directions, important dates, and more. All accessible packaging, accessible labeling and delivery are FREE. For more information, contact:
32) Microsoft 'Defender' Service to Protect Android, iOS, MacOS Devices
The company adds a new perk to Microsoft 365 subscriptions called Microsoft Defender, which offers cross-platform protection against malware and phishing threats:
33) How to Use Door Detection in iOS 16
People with difficulty seeing or judging distances can have issues with doors. They may not see them at all, or maybe can't tell how far away the door is. Such folks may struggle to determine whether the door swings open, where the door knob is, and so forth. That's where Door Detection, a new Accessibility feature in iOS 16, comes in. Where do you Find Door Detection in iOS 16? Apple has included Door Detection in its Magnifier app. You can access Magnifier in a couple of ways, including using a Spotlight search or adding it to Control Center. The most convenient way to access Magnifier is by adding it to Control Center via the Settings app:
34) Smart Harness Helps The Visually Impaired Navigate | YouTube | Reuters
Developed by a Swiss-based startup, this smart harness supports the visually impaired with navigation, using the technology of autonomous cars:
35) Tennis For Blind People To Become A Reality Thanks To Amazing New Audio Technology
The UK's national tennis body has teamed up with the BBC and a tech firm to give blind and partially sighted fans the first chance to follow tennis in a completely new way — it's a massive step for inclusion:
36) Zapvision Vision Technology And QR Code Helps Visually Impaired Access Product Information
Zappar, an AIPIA member which specializes in Augmented Reality (AR) creation, has launched Zapvision technology, which aims to provide access to relevant product information to everyone as a basic right, regardless of their visual ability:
37) Windows 11: Microsoft Aims to Put Accessibility First
Computing should be for everyone, and Microsoft is leaning into this idea, as shown by a recently published blog post called, "Making Windows 11 The Most Inclusively Designed Version of Windows Yet." The post offers a defined set of principles for inclusive design:
➜ Press Releases and Other News
1) Robles v. Domino's Settles After Six Years of Litigation
One of the most famous accessibility lawsuits of all time finally settles before trial under terms that may never be known:
2) How Art Helps These Disabled Creators Find Themselves
The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., is showing off artwork from some of the most talented artists with disabilities in the U.S as part of a national competition. The Grand prize is $20,000. The Hill has the story and lists the winners:
3) Metaverse For All: Building An Accessible Future
Diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility are major social concerns — and the combination of the metaverse and the connectivity of 5G could make a notable difference:
4) How Pantene Put The Visually Impaired Community At The Heart Of Its Content
"PrettyGreen", "What They Said" and "Pantene" won in the New Product or Service Launch Strategy of the Year category at The Drum Awards for Marketing 2022. Here, we find out more about what went into their successful campaign:
5) Report From The United States Department of Labor: Disability and the Digital Divide: Internet Subscriptions, Internet Use, and Employment Outcomes
6) Humans Can Learn Mind-Blowing 'Sixth Sense': Study
For the blind, better navigation might be just a click of the tongue away. A study from Durham University, published in the Public Library of Science Journal One, examined how individuals with vision loss can use echolocation — a type of sonar used by animals in nature, where they emit a sound that bounces off objects — to get around:
7) Theatre Performance For The Visually Impaired
"Camille: The Story" is a revolutionary, multi-sensorial theatrical experience, specially designed for people living with visual impairments. Director and Creator Audrey-Anne Bouchard joins Global's Laura Casella ahead of the English language premiere to tell us more about this unique performance:
8) WCAG, But In Language I Can Understand
First posted January 28th 2022. Updated May 12th 2022:
9) Level Access and eSSENTIAL Accessibility Agree to Merge, Strengthening Market Presence as an All-Encompassing Digital Accessibility Solutions Provider
Combined company plans to expand leadership in accessibility, empowering businesses and organizations to provide equitable experiences for people with disabilities:
10) MIT Is Making Datavis More Accessible For Visually Impaired Users
Researchers from MIT worked with visually impaired London academic Daniel Hajas on prototypes that enable people to access complex data using screen-reading tech:
11) The End of an Era | Pneuma Solutions
June 15, 2022, marked the end of support for Internet Explorer. It'll go on being supported on some legacy servers for another seven years, but for all intents and purposes, the browser that led us through the explosion of Web 2.0 will take its place in the technology archives. The sunset of Internet Explorer means that the end is also near for System Access to Go (or SAToGo), the first screen reader that could be launched directly from a web browser with no additional assistance. The web is a different place now than it was in 2007 when we launched SAToGo. Today's web browsers are much more focused on both security and keeping the user in control, as they should be, and it is no longer practical for a website to talk the user through the process of downloading and running a program like SAToGo:
12) The Future of System Access | Pneuma Solutions
In the wake of our farewell to Internet Explorer, where we announced the coming end of System Access to Go (or SAToGo), there has been some unfortunate confusion about the future of System Access in general. So in this post, as chief technology officer of Pneuma Solutions, I want to personally set the record straight. This will be a long post, but I think it's important to be completely candid about where we're coming from and where we're going, so please bear with us:
13) IN THE DARK Sees Audiences Blindfolded To Hear The Stories Of Its Blind Or Visually Impaired Performers
In the Dark brings to life dramatic turning points in the lives of five people who are blind or visually impaired. It's an immersive surround sound experience where the audience can wear blindfolds, and all the sound effects are created live. They are stories of adversity, adventure and determination:
14) A Year in Cleanfeed Accessibility
It's almost exactly one year ago that Marc (co-founder of Cleanfeed) and I were invited for a thoroughly enjoyable discussion as guests to the Blind Podcasters' Roundtable. We've made a steady stream of updates since then, so let's follow up where we were then, and now:
15) Waymap's App Helps The Visually Impaired Navigate Public Transit
London-based Waymap wants to help guide visually impaired people to navigate their surroundings, and it's starting with public transit. The company just concluded a closed two-week trial of its navigation app at three stops within Washington, D.C.'s Metro, and hopes to begin a public trial at 25 Metro stations and 1,000 bus stops by September, according to Waymap:
16) Business Leaders Who Prioritize Inclusion Will Benefit From An Untapped Workforce. I'm The Proof.
My name is Kyle Shaults, and I was born with congenital glaucoma on Aug. 19, 1991. I've had 71 eye surgeries to conserve my vision. And while I've faced obstacles in my journey since then, my story proves that great things can happen when people within a company accept people as they are and genuinely strive to be inclusive for all:
17) Art Show Recognizes Deafblind Awareness Week
The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is celebrating national Deafblind Awareness Week from June 26 to July 2 by hosting the inaugural HHSC Deafblind Awareness Week Art Show: Empowerment through Art. The in-person art show opening will be held on Friday, June 24, at the HHSC North Austin Complex:
1) APH Surveys Page
Surveys help inform APH of the greatest needs in the community so they can gear their efforts toward making sure those needs are met. Ongoing APH surveys can be found here:
2) Audible Vision Baseline Survey
This baseline survey aims to understand how assistive technology users conduct certain activities:
3) Audible Vision App Survey
This survey aims to understand how assistive technology users use the Audible Vision app:
➜ Featured Podcast Episodes
1) Mosen At Large Episode 184: More About Eloquence In iOS 16, Braille Should Always Be Spelled With A Capital B, And JAWS Lets You Take Control Of Windows Notifications
June 18th 2022
2) The DM Series Episode 97 | According to the Juices
June 18th 2022 | Starting out with a discussion about note taking and how both of us are handling capturing thoughts. Michael admits that drafts no longer live on his doc. Damashe shares a little about why he doesn't want to use notes. Damashe helps us learn a little more about DEVONthink and how he's using it. And Michael shares his ideal note taking wishes. Michael acquired a new piece of hardware for his audio setup, and we ask if you know the perfect solution to solve our problems. Damashe shares with us his consideration of Google workspace abandonment and this turns into a conversation about why we explore automation as much as we are. Damashe shares his predictions for the iPhone 14 line. And we discussed what Apple could do next. We close this episode out with a brief discussion of Apple's passkeys and a little something we forgot to put in the show:
3) Blind Abilities Podcast Episode 861: When the iPhone Itch Comes Calling: Upgrade or Not? Plus, Battery Health, Peak Performance and Optimizing Battery Charging
June 21st 2022 | Do you get that feeling of urgency to upgrade to a new iPhone every time a new one comes along? I have and I am finally coming to terms with waiting and making the best out of what I already have, own and utilize perfectly well. I have upgraded on the Apple Upgrade Plan, did the 2 year upgrade cycle, and today I am going to keep my iPhone 12 Pro Max another year and I will tell you why and how I am going to keep my iPhone in peak performance for the next year. I will also demo the Battery Health, Peak Performance and Optimize Battery Charging. Hope you enjoy:
4) Eyes on Success Episode 2225: The Candy in My Pocket
June 22nd 2022 | Over the years John Robert Wiltgen developed many complications from childhood diabetes including blindness, amputation of a limb, and kidney failure. Despite these setbacks, he soldiered on to become a world-renowned interior designer. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with John about his experiences and his newly released memoir "The Candy In My Pocket:"
➜ Featured Webinars and Training Courses
1) National Deaf Center New Data Report: Supporting Deaf College Students: Perspectives from Disability Services Professionals
June 23rd 2022 | 11AM PT, 12PM MT, 1PM CT, 2PM ET, 6PM GMT | In this session, Dr. Jeffery Palmer will lead an overview of NDC's latest data report which focuses on the perspectives of disability services professionals serving deaf college students. This report summarizes findings from a national survey between 2018-2020 of disability services professionals about services that were provided to deaf college students on their campus. Findings illustrate the various approaches to campus policies and practices and reveal that disability services professionals and deaf students often have different perspectives about the experience of being a deaf student on a college campus. Join us to learn more about key takeaways and ask questions from the co-authors, Tia Ivanko MA, NIC, ADAC and Lauren Kinast, EdD. There will be a short 15-minute presentation followed by a Q&A session about the report. Interpreters and real-time captioning will be provided. Additional access requests can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org ✉ at least 3 business days prior to the event. Register here:
2) Learn About Web Accessibility | Where It's AT — Assistive Technology Blog
June 24th 2022 | 10AM PT, 11AM MT, 12PM CT, 1PM ET, 5PM GMT | Don't miss our next IT Accessibility session: Basic Web Accessibility — Guidelines, Techniques & Testing! Join our very own Andrew Drummond as he partners with the NFB to introduce you to the laws and guidelines that define accessibility as well as the methods you can use to test your website. This session will also include a demonstration of how a screen reader interprets a website:
3) SuperNova Everyday Essential Webinar | Dolphin Computer Access
June 28th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | Help! What to do when you're not sure what to do-all of the SuperNova help and resources available at your fingertips. Participate live every Tuesday 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT or watch the recordings at your leisure:
4) Accessible Book Apps | Technology User Group, Maryland State Library
July 9th 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | Accessibility can mean smartphone, computer, e-reader, or smart device. All events are currently being held via teleconference until further notice. No programs will be held in person. Please dial (319) 527-4994 ☎ at 10 AM ET:
5) Hiring for Cognitive Diversity in Tech | TPGi
July 13th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | Presenter: Le McNamara, Accessibility Engineer. Join TPGi Accessibility Engineer, Le McNamara as they talk about, "Hiring for Cognitive Diversity in Tech." Hiring neurodivergent technologists can benefit your IT teams! Twenty technologists who identify as neurodiverse came forward, during a hackathon event, to share and record their experiences with the hiring process in tech. This talk will cover the common threads of those disclosures, the value of neurodivergent team members, and the experiences positive and negative that neurodivergent applicants face in looking for work within the tech sector and for technology roles in other industries. We'll be sharing what in the interview processes triggered negative outcomes and what behaviors and processes facilitated positive outcomes. We'll be making suggestions for changes hiring professionals can make as well as accommodations that can be asked for and should be expected. We'll also be talking about how to reach out to neurodiverse talent directly, to get back those that have given up, by working directly with services and communities:
6) How to Quickly Test Your Website for JAWS Screen Reader Compatibility | TPGi
July 27th 2022 | 9AM PT, 10AM MT, 11AM CT, 12PM ET, 4PM GMT | Presenters: Mike DeSorda, Customer Success Manager, and Al Puzzuoli, Customer Support. Experience a real-world scenario exhibiting the synergy between the JAWS screen reader and TPGi's JAWS compatibility testing tool, JAWS Inspect, as part of the accessibility QA process. Webinar attendees will observe the interaction between a real JAWS user struggling with a poorly designed web page and a TPGi accessibility tester quickly making sense of the JAWS user's accessibility challenges via the power of JAWS Inspect. JAWS Inspect provides text output of the JAWS audio speech to enable non-JAWS users to efficiently test for screen reader compatibility. Attendees will get a first-hand look at how to use JAWS Inspect alongside JAWS (or by itself) for quick and easy screen reader compatibility testing:
7) NaviLens and Apple air Tags | Technology User Group, Maryland State Library
August 13th 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | Labeling and tracking just got a whole lot easier! Learn how to use these exciting new products. All events are currently being held via teleconference until further notice. No programs will be held in person. Please dial (319) 527-4994 ☎ at 10 AM ET:
8) Pixel Phone | Technology User Group, Maryland State Library
September 10th 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | Has Android bridged the gap with Apple with this remarkable new device? All events are currently being held via teleconference until further notice. No programs will be held in person. Please dial (319) 527-4994 ☎ at 10 AM ET:
9) iOS 16 Review And Editing Voice Memos | Technology User Group, Maryland State Library
October 1st 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | Every year we look for accessibility improvements in our i-devices. See what is new in this latest version of the Apple operating system. All events are currently being held via teleconference until further notice. No programs will be held in person. Please dial (319) 527-4994 ☎ at 10 AM ET:
10) AT Gifts for the Holidays | Technology User Group, Maryland State Library
November 5th 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | Our annual look at gadgets and gizmos that will make your holiday season a successful one. All events are currently being held via teleconference until further notice. No programs will be held in person. Please dial (319) 527-4994 ☎ at 10 AM ET:
11) 20 Websites to Bookmark for 2023 | Technology User Group, Maryland State Library
November 5th 2022 | 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM CT, 10AM ET, 2PM GMT | Technology keeps changing and so do the websites that are useful in our everyday lives. Find out why these 20 websites are so important for 2023. All events are currently being held via teleconference until further notice. No programs will be held in person. Please dial (319) 527-4994 ☎ at 10 AM ET:
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Sponsor Since: June 30th 2022
Website: http://www.braillebookstore.com/ 🌐
Phone (Toll Free): (800) 987-1231 ☎
Fax (Toll Free): (800) 985-1231 ░
Email: Sales@BrailleBookstore.com ✉
Hours: 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Monday through Friday, Pacific Standard Time.
About: Welcome to Future Aids: The Braille Superstore. We have been supplying products to blind people and their families since 1999. We offer thousands of Braille books, toys, games, kitchen aids, and talking products. We have unbeatable prices, fast, free shipping, and great customer service! We have tons of Braille books and cool products to choose from; so grab a cup of coffee, relax, and we'll give you a quick tour:
If you need some fresh ideas or have questions, you can also check out our Shopping Guides.
Sponsor Since: June 30th 2022
Website: https://makeitfable.com/ 🌐
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ✉
Phone: (888) 212-3532 ☎ Extension 810
About: Just like curb cuts help everyone get on and off sidewalks, designing digital products with accessibility in mind helps make the internet more accessible for everyone. Fable is an accessibility platform powered by people with disabilities. Fable connects people with disabilities to accessibility managers, user researchers, designers, and developers to build incredible and accessible user experiences.
➜ Fable Pathways: Fable Pathways is a free skill development program for people with disabilities interested in working in the tech sector. Sign up to take your career to the next level. Courses include "Getting started in web development" taught by Kelly Ford, a screen reader user, and Senior Program Manager at Microsoft, and "Becoming a manager" taught by Fable's Head of Accessibility Innovation, Kate Kalcevich. Instructors are subject matter experts in their fields and have lived experience with disability. Pathways courses are free, self-paced and assistive-technology-friendly. Sign up now at https://makeitfable.com/pathways/.
➜ Fable's Community of Accessibility Testers: Work from home to contribute to real changes in digital accessibility and make the internet a more accessible place for everyone. Ever leave a website because it was too hard to navigate? Because it was missing button labels? Because it didn't respond to voice commands? Us too. Our community of testers who use assistive technologies work from home and contribute to real changes in digital accessibility with recognizable brands. Earn money to share your feedback on websites and apps of your favorite brands and work with companies that care. No experience required and no resume required. Fable is looking for assistive technology users in the USA and Canada to work the hours that they want, from the comfort of their own homes. Learn more at https://makeitfable.com/community/.
➜ Join the Dolphin Friends Program
Dolphin Friends supports, recognizes, and rewards the great work that charities and sight loss societies do to support the people in their community who are visually impaired. Members receive free Dolphin software, staff training on GuideConnect and SuperNova, computing accessories and a useful resource pack to help you advise your service users on Dolphin assistive technology. Join Dolphin Friends:
Sponsor Since: June 9th 2022
Website: https://yourdolphin.com/ 🌐
Locate a Dolphin Dealer: https://yourdolphin.com/contact/dealer/locate
About: Dolphin designs and builds software that empowers people who are blind or partially sighted to read, work and communicate.
We are committed to creating assistive technology that makes workplaces, classrooms and the home accessible and usable for people with visual impairments.
Dolphin assistive technology products are designed to improve accessibility and independence on computers, for people with a wide range of vision impairments. This includes screen readers for people who are blind, magnification and audio products for people who have partial sight and low vision.
Dolphin also develops technology to assist a neurodiverse range of readers. Accessible reading technology from Dolphin is used by book lovers and students with dyslexia, ADHD and autism, in addition to other print impairments. It provides a way to access books from accessible libraries around the world.
Dolphin Computer Access designs and develops software that enables users to read and access information at home, at work and throughout their education.
Each Dolphin product empowers users with visual impairments to use computers independently, in ways that suit their sight and experience with technology.
Sponsor Since: June 9th 2022
Website: https://clusiv.io/ 🌐
About: We are Clusiv. We are the world's first e-learning platform built for and by blind and partially sighted people. We are a resource to vocational rehabilitation organizations. We are a training platform for individuals with visual impairments who have faced barriers to access and equity in the modern workforce. We are engineering the future of work for accessibility. Learn more by selecting the user path that best describes you:
➜ Discover. I want to learn more about Clusiv.
➜ Subscribe to the Double Tap TV YouTube Channel
Double Tap TV is a weekly tech show on AMI-tv, (also available on CBC Gem in Canada and YouTube). Each week join hosts Steven Scott (@blindguytech) and Marc Aflalo (@marcaflalo) as they help viewers better understand how technology can assist in everyday life. Its tech from an accessible point of view! The show features interviews with some of the biggest names in consumer tech and features up and coming companies and services. Subscribe to the Double Tap TV YouTube Channel today at:
Sponsor Since: December 23rd 2021
Email: email@example.com ✉
About: Double Tap TV is a weekly tech show on AMI-tv, (also available on CBC Gem in Canada and YouTube). Each week join hosts Steven Scott (@blindguytech) and Marc Aflalo (@marcaflalo) as they help viewers better understand how technology can assist in everyday life. Its tech from an accessible point of view! The show features interviews with some of the biggest names in consumer tech and features up and coming companies and services.
➜ Order Now! Get The Most Powerful Android Notetaker Available, the BrailleSense 6 From HIMS. It's Simply The Best.
The time is now to get your all-new BrailleSense 6 notetaker, the most powerful and user-friendly notetaker on the market. Running Android 10, with 128 GB of Storage, 6 GB of Memory, and an 8-Core CPU, the BrailleSense 6 is the ultimate braille notetaker. Learn more today at:
Sponsor Since: September 30th 2021
Website: https://hims-inc.com/ 🌐
Shop All Products: https://hims-inc.com/shop-all-products/ 🛒
Phone: (512) 837-2000 ☎
About: HIMS, Inc. is a global manufacturer and distributor that has provided braille, magnification and accessible healthcare devices since 1999.
➜ VIP-3000 Talking Thermostat Now $199.99 from BlindMiceMegaMall.com
Control the climate of your home independently! The VIP 3000 is a universal heating — cooling talking thermostat This accessible digital thermostat is specifically designed to offer audio playback of indoor temperature, temperature settings and programming instructions so blind and visually impaired users can independently & precisely manage their indoor comfort. Don't over pay. Read more at:
Sponsor Since: September 23rd 2021
Website: https://www.blindmicemegamall.com/ 🌐
Blind Mice Order Center Phone: (866) 922-8877 ☎
Blind Mice Order Center Hours: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM CST/CDT (GMT-5) Monday through Friday
Mall Directory of Stores: https://www.blindmicemegamall.com/bmm/shop/Directory 🛒
Join The Today's Cheese Newsletter: Join the Today's Cheese newsletter to get Members' Only sales & Unadvertised Specials from the merchants at Blind Mice Mega Mall. You can save money with these unadvertised specials! Send an email to: TodaysCheese+Subscribe@Groups.io ✉
Blind Mice Swap Shop: Sell, Swap, and Buy. The Mice receive calls everyday asking if we buy or sell used or unwanted items. The Mice don't sell used products but to help our members, we created the Blind Mice Swap Shop! The Blind Mice Swap Shop is the place for Sellers, Traders, & Buyers to find each other! Do you ... have something you don't want anymore... Post it for sale on the Blind Mice Swap Shop. Got something you just don't use... Post it for sale on the Blind Mice Swap Shop. Got something new to sell... Post it for sale on the Blind Mice Swap Shop. Provide a service that might be helpful to other Blind and Visually Impaired folks... Post it to the Blind Mice Swap Shop. Have an announcement about an upcoming event beneficial to the Blind & Visually Impaired Community... Post it to the Blind Mice Swap Shop. Joining the Blind Mice Swap Shop is free and as easy as sending an email to: BlindMiceSwapShop+Subscribe@Groups.io ✉
About: Welcome to Blind Mice Mega Mall! The Mall with the Blind In Mind! Blind Mice Mega Mall is designed for use with a screen reader and low vision software for visually impaired shoppers. Each store is an independent business owned / managed by a member of the Blind / Low Vision Community. Please browse & shop the merchants at Blind Mice Mega Mall. You will find great items and unique offerings from our merchants. You help the Blind Community every time you make a purchase from any of the merchants at Blind Mice Mega Mall. Every purchase made at Blind Mice Mega Mall gives back to the Blind and Visually Impaired Community. Proceeds from sales fund the MouseHole Scholarship Program, the Cooking In The Dark Show and The Movie Vault. Blind Mice Mega Mall accepts American Express, Discover, Mastercard, Visa, PayPal, Checks, and Money Orders. Purchase Orders From State Agencies are also welcome.
➜ Attend the Screen Reader User Tester Training Program at the Carroll Center for the Blind
Launch your career in the digital accessibility field! The Carroll Center for the Blind's new 7-week intensive Screen Reader User Tester Training program allows participants to learn and grow their ability to professionally explore, test, and report findings regarding the accessibility of websites, mobile applications, and digital document files using screen readers. Want to learn more? Start your journey to becoming a Screen Reader User Tester by visiting:
Sponsor Since: August 5th 2021
Website: https://carroll.org/ 🌐
Phone: (617) 969-6200 ☎Fax: (617) 969-6204 ░
Shop: https://carroll.org/store/ 🛒
Donate: https://carroll.org/donate ❤
About: The Carroll Center for the Blind is the foremost leader in vision rehabilitation services for individuals confronted by the challenges of vision loss. Our mission is to empower those who are blind or visually impaired to achieve independence and to lead a fulfilling life. Established in 1936, the renowned Carroll Center for the Blind has been serving those with vision impairment for over eight decades; we are known nationally as a premier Vision Rehabilitation Center. Located just outside of Boston on a sprawling campus in Newton, Massachusetts, we proudly serve ALL ages and ALL stages of vision loss. With the ongoing promise of improving the lives of people with vision-related problems, The Carroll Center for the Blind has pioneered many innovative services allowing people who are blind or have low vision to learn the skills to be independent in their homes, in class settings, and in their work places. Our services include vision rehabilitation, vocational and transition programs, assistive technology training, educational support, and recreation opportunities for individuals who are visually impaired of all ages. For over 80 years, the expertise of Carroll Center staff has provided help for thousands of blind and visually impaired persons with diverse opportunities for success and independent living.
➜ Give the Gift of Equal Access!
This holiday season, give the gift of access to the world's most fundamental right, the right to information. Scribe for Personal Documents is a cloud based service that takes previously inaccessible digital material and renders it into accessible formats in seconds. Help out someone in your life whom you know could use the access, or secure the access for yourself here:
Sponsor Since: June 3rd 2021
Website: https://pneumasolutions.com/ 🌐
Email Newsletter: Click here to receive periodic news via email concerning Pneuma Solutions products for business, consumers and education.
Sales: (866) 202-0520 ☎
Support: (650) 249-1000 ☎
About: Backed by two decades of creating award-winning accessible cloud technologies for people with visual impairments, Pneuma Solutions is the global leader in accessible cloud-based solutions. Pneuma Solutions was founded by long-time accessibility developers Mike Calvo and Matt Campbell. For more information on their individual profiles, click on their respective bio pages. We're proud to be the first company to develop cloud-based accessibility at the network level. Our tools provide organizations, like yours, a way to deliver secure, accessible information right from your network or from our secure servers. You can provide your print disabled consumers, students, employees, and citizens with a multitude of accessible options. Additionally, we offer a suite of cloud-based applications to blind and print disabled consumers directly from our website. Our consumer products are designed to make the day-to-day lives of blind and print disabled individuals more accessible and simpler to manage. Access to information is not a privilege, it's a right. It's also your right to obtain affordable, accessible cloud solutions to serve your end user. When organizations like yours implement our tools, together we help make it a more inclusive world for people with disabilities. Want to know more about how we can help you become more inclusive?
Contact us here. We'll be happy to discuss how our tools can help with your accessibility needs.
➜ Freedom Scientific Focus Blue 5th Generation Refreshable Braille Displays
Our world-class refreshable Braille displays deliver efficient Braille input and outstanding output for your PC or mobile device. The robust Bluetooth® connectivity provides seamless use with Windows®, Mac®, iPhones®, iPads®, and Android TM smartphones and tablets. Ergonomic navigation features allow quick, natural hand movements for greater productivity. When used with JAWS® screen reading software, they support our popular Braille Study Mode, an interactive tool for teaching and learning Braille. Learn more today:
Sponsor Since: April 15th 2021
Website: https://www.freedomscientific.com/ 🌐
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ✉
Phone: (800) 444-4443 ☎
About: Freedom Scientific, a Vispero brand, is a leading worldwide brand of assistive technology products for those with vision impairments. We offer products designed to promote independence, allowing blind and low vision individuals the same access to information as their sighted peers. World-renowned JAWS (Job Access With Speech) screen reading software and ZoomText screen magnification software provide users the independence and ability to seek education and obtain or maintain a career after vision loss. Our expansive product line includes both low vision and blindness technology for all aspects of daily living. The wide range of RUBY, TOPAZ, and ONYX desktop and portable video magnifiers are designed for their ease of use and assist with daily activities. Our impressive line of blindness hardware products include refreshable Braille displays and scanning and reading devices, offering many options tailored to fit individual needs.
➜ VisionAware Resources Including the Information and Referral Line?
APH ConnectCenter has resources to help blind and low vision people thrive. In addition to the Reader's Digest Getting Started with Vision Loss Guide You can also call the Information and Referral Line with your questions about resources and living with blindness and low vision.
Sponsor Since: March 4th 2021
Website: https://aphconnectcenter.org/ 🌐
Email: email@example.com ✉
APH ConnectCenter Information and Referral Line:
Hours: Monday - Friday from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM ET
About: The APH ConnectCenter offers curated advice and resources to assist children, parents, adults, and job seekers who are blind or visually impaired, and their associated professionals, leading to greater independence and success in their lives.
➜ BRAILLIANT Renewed! The NEW Brailliant BI X Series is here!
The wait is over! A redefined family of Brailliant refreshable Braille displays has arrived! The NEW Brailliant BI X Series will help you stay connected, download books from many participating online libraries and share information easily with your peers. You will enjoy the intuitive, seamless user experience of KeySoft Lite, the HumanWare flagship accessibility suite designed to make you more productive. Including the Brailliant BI 40X and the Brailliant BI 20X, this is the Brailliant idea you need!
Sponsor Since: February 4th 2021
Website: http://humanware.com/ 🌐
Phone (Asia): +61 2 9686 2600 ☎
YouTube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRWVYiggn-w 🎥
About: HumanWare is the global leader in assistive technology for people who are blind or have low vision. HumanWare offers a wide range of innovative products, including the BrailleNote Touch, first Google certified braille tablet, the iOS compatible Brailliant braille displays, Victor Reader®, the world's leading family of digital audiobook players, the unique Prodigi® family of desktop and portable vision and reading systems, and the ultra-portable explore line of electronic handheld magnifier.
➜ LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired Adaptations Online Store Featured Products
Revolution Cane Tip: Standard Roller Tip: $14.50 | Locator Dots: Small Pack of 6 (Clear or Orange): $2.00 | NFB Metal Cane Tip: $3.00 | TMAP - On Demand Tactile Street | Map (set of two maps): $25.00 | Ambutech Aluminum Folding Cane: $35.00 | NFB Chris Park Telescoping Cane: $45.00 | BoldWriter 20 Pen (Individual or 6-pack): $2.00 | Bump Dots: Mixed (50 count): $7.00 | Braille Apple Catalina VoiceOver Guide OSX 10.15 (3 volumes) - Latest Manual: $52.00 | SpeedDots iPhone Tactile Screen Protector, Phone Layout: $12.00 | NFB Chris Park 7-Piece Folding Cane: $50.00 | Visit https://adaptations.org/ to learn more today!
Sponsor Since: October 1, 2020
Website: https://adaptations.org/ 🌐
Toll Free: (888) 400-8933 ☎
Local: (415) 694-7301 ☎
About: Founded in 1902, San Francisco's LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired promotes the independence, equality and self-reliance of people who are blind or have low vision. Adaptations is your online go-to for tools, technology, and accessible solutions for blind and visually impaired people.
➜ Start Your Coding Journey Today with APH's Road to Code!
Want to learn more about coding but don't know where to start? Look no further! APH's Road to Code provides a roadmap for coding progression through all our fun and engaging coding products.
Sponsor Since: July 2nd 2020
Website: https://www.aph.org/ 🌐
Toll Free and Customer Support: (800) 223-1839 ☎
Phone: (512) 895-2405 ☎
Fax: (512) 899-2284 ░
YouTube Video: https://youtu.be/WENRlCNDsxQ 🎥
Free Apps & Actions from APH: https://www.aph.org/free-apps-from-aph/ 📱
About: Since 1858, the American Printing House for the Blind has operated in Louisville, Kentucky as the world's largest nonprofit organization, creating accessible learning experiences through educational, workplace, and independent living products and services for people who are blind and visually impaired. APH believes that the future belongs to everyone. By offering innovative products and services, APH opens up a door of opportunities for lifelong independence and success.
➜ GuideLights And Gadgets: We're Exhibiting at both ACB and NFB Conventions
Barry, Kae, and Debra welcome you to our world of everything leather, dog, and gadget; and our "New" Evo 12 stereo Daisy player with 6 voices, $289; Hermione bottomless leather bag, $65; Titanium telescopic locking canes, $50; Next generation bone conduction headphones, $110; Talking medical bundle, $120; Soft absorbent doggie bathrobes, $30 - $35; Protective doggie winter jackets/raincoats, $30 - $40; Self-cleaning grooming brushes, $15 - $26, and much more! Come find us! For additional information, contact Barry Scheur at (617) 969-7500 ☎ / firstname.lastname@example.org ✉ or Kae at (781) 286-1696 ☎ / email@example.com ✉.
Sponsor Since: June 25th 2020
Website: http://www.guidelightsandgadgets.us/ 🌐
About: Our Scope of Products: We specialize in 3 lines of products, all intended to assist in access to adaptive electronics, enhance experiences for guide dog teams, and offer practical solutions for organization and travel with a variety of leather bags, pouches, and backpacks. Then there are the random products that are included, just for fun! We enjoy working with our customers 1-on-1 to their money is well spent and not wasted on something they may not use. In thinking about our customers and whether we will carry a product our guiding motto is that it must be: practical, affordable, simple, tested, and accessible (the pasta principle) and it seems to work very well.
What We Do: We bring our business either via zoom, phone, or to your conference or convention, to give each customer a chance for questions and where possible, "hands on" evaluation of the merchandise. Kae and I test and use each product as blind users before we put it in our catalog. In the case of products for guide and service dogs, our own three guides, Thor, Debra and Melody, are engaged in the process of evaluating the usefulness, durability, and/or fun of the product. We want each of our products to be useful, accessible, affordable, and, whenever possible, fun! Our inventory is constantly changing, so a visit to us is never the same experience twice!
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